UNLV
Nevada
28 - 63 Final
  for this game

Ball's 5 TDs lead Nevada past rival UNLV 63-28

Oct 4, 2009 - 2:07 AM By SCOTT SONNER Associated Press Writer

RENO, Nev.(AP) -- UNLV coach Mike Sanford was still trying to figure out what happened to his Rebel team on Saturday after rival Nevada posted 773 total yards in a crushing 63-28 loss.

The figure was the most total offense by a Division I team so far this year, eclipsing the 663 Florida totaled against Troy on Sept. 12, according to the NCAA.

"I need to watch the tape. I can't answer that question," Sanford said when asked how Nevada did it.

"We needed to answer every score with a score and we didn't do that," he said. "The game got away from us late. We didn't stop them... There's no excuse. Give them all the credit. They played well today."

Nevada reserve running back Mike Ball ran for 184 yards and the first five touchdowns of his career as Nevada rolled up a school record 559 yards rushing to claim its first win of the season and fifth in a row over the Rebels.

"I give credit to the offensive line," said Ball, who carried 15 times and scored on runs of 10, 1, 32, 4 and 89 yards. "My mother could have run through some of those holes."

The 559 rushing yards also was the most by a Division I team this year, topping the 474 Air Force had against Nichols State on Sept. 5, according to the NCAA.

Colin Kaepernick rushed for 173 yards and threw for 200, and Lippincott added 170 yards rushing, ran for one touchdown and threw for another on a trick play to Kaepernick for the Wolf Pack (1-3). The team never punted but had to overcome four fumbles in the game that was 21-21 at the half and 28-28 with less than a minute left in the third quarter.

Mike Clausen, filling in for injured quarterback Omar Clayton, completed 26-of-50 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown for the Rebels (2-3), whose last winning season was in 2000.

It was the first time in school history three Nevada players have rushed for more than 100 yards in the same game and the first time a single player had five rushing touchdowns in a game since Chance Kretschmer had six against UTEP in 2001.

Nevada coach Chris Ault, a former quarterback for the Wolf Pack in his 25th season as coach, ran his career record to 199-94-1.

"This game was big because we were 0-3 and fighting for an identity, both offensively and defensively," said Ault, whose team has lost to Notre Dame, Colorado State and Missouri this season.

"We all felt we were better that we showed this year. But 0-3 is 0-3. It's like we said all week. If there was ever a time to stand up, you stand up in your rivalry game," he said.

Nevada went 80 yards on the opening series of the second half and Ball ran 32 yards up the middle for his third score of the day to put the Wolf Pack ahead 28-21. But on their next series, Ball gave up Nevada's fourth fumble of the game and UNLV linebacker Beau Orth fell on it at midfield.

C.J. Cox ran 23 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-28 after the officials reversed a first-down call on fourth down to keep the Rebels' drive alive.

The next series, on third-and-10 and with a UNLV blitz in his face, Kaepernick dumped off a screen to Lippincott who went 43 yards to UNLV's 4-yard line before Ball went up the middle untouched for another score and a 35-28 lead with 50 seconds left in the third quarter.

After UNLV failed on a fourth-down attempt at Nevada's 43, Kaepernick threw a 17-yard TD pass to Virgil Green to make it 42-28 with 11:21 left in the game.

Later, Kaepernick took the snap, pitched it behind his back to Lippincott then slipped off to the end zone to catch Lippincott's 6-yard scoring toss for a 49-28 lead with 6:59 left. Then came Ball's 89-yard touchdown to make it 56-28 and finally Courtney Randall's 26-yard score with 3:04 on the clock for the final margin.

Kaepernick ran for 105 yards in the first half - his seventh time over the century mark in his career - as the Wolf Pack opened up a 21-7 lead. But the Rebels forced him to fumble twice - and Lippincott a third time - and Nevada was called for three pass interference penalties as UNLV forged a 21-21 tie just before the half.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    UNLV 0 21 7 0 28
    NEVADA 14 7 14 28 63 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NEVADA - TD, LUKE LIPPINCOTT 12 YD
    RUN (SCOTT DRAKE KICK), 4:16.
    NEVADA 7-0
    NEVADA - TD, MIKE BALL 10 YD RUN
    (SCOTT DRAKE KICK), 10:19.
    NEVADA 14-0
    2ND QUARTER: UNLV - TD, CHANNING TROTTER 2 YD
    RUN (KYLE

    Oct 3 7:40 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NEVADA
    COURTNEY RANDALL 28 YD RUN
    (RICKY DRAKE KICK)
    UNLV 28
    NEVADA 63 3:04 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    UNLV 28, Nevada 63  4th - 3:04Oct 3 7:35 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NEVADA
    MIKE BALL 89 YD RUN
    (RICKY DRAKE KICK)
    UNLV 28
    NEVADA 56 4:37 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    UNLV 28, Nevada 56  4th - 4:37Oct 3 7:35 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NEVADA
    COLIN KAEPERNICK 6 YD PASS FROM LUKE LIPPINCOTT
    (RICKY DRAKE KICK)
    UNLV 28
    NEVADA 49 6:59 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    UNLV 28, Nevada 49  4th - 6:59Oct 3 7:25 PM
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    UNLV 28, Nevada 42  4th - 11:21Oct 3 7:15 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NEVADA
    VIRGIL GREEN 17 YD PASS FROM COLIN KAEPERNICK
    (RICKY DRAKE KICK)
    UNLV 28
    NEVADA 42 11:21 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    UNLV 28, Nevada 42  4th - 11:21Oct 3 7:15 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    UNLV 0 21 7 28
    NEVADA 14 7 14 35 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NEVADA - TD, LUKE LIPPINCOTT 12 YD
    RUN (SCOTT DRAKE KICK), 4:16.
    NEVADA 7-0
    NEVADA - TD, MIKE BALL 10 YD RUN
    (SCOTT DRAKE KICK), 10:19.
    NEVADA 14-0
    2ND QUARTER: UNLV - TD, CHANNING TROTTER

    Oct 3 7:05 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NEVADA
    MIKE BALL 4 YD RUN
    (RICKY DRAKE KICK)
    UNLV 28
    NEVADA 35 0:50 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    UNLV 28, Nevada 35  3rd - 0:50Oct 3 6:50 PM
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    UNLV 28, Nevada 35  3rd - 0:50Oct 3 6:50 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD UNLV
    C.J. COX 23 YD RUN
    (KYLE WATSON KICK)
    UNLV 28
    NEVADA 28 4:20 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    UNLV 28, Nevada 28  3rd - 4:20Oct 3 6:39 PM
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    UNLV 28, Nevada 28  3rd - 4:20Oct 3 6:39 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NEVADA
    MIKE BALL 32 YD RUN
    (RICKY DRAKE KICK)
    UNLV 21
    NEVADA 28 11:43 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    UNLV 21, Nevada 28  3rd - 11:43Oct 3 6:29 PM
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    UNLV 21, Nevada 28  3rd - 11:43Oct 3 6:29 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    UNLV 0 21 21
    NEVADA 14 7 21 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NEVADA - TD, LUKE LIPPINCOTT 12 YD
    RUN (SCOTT DRAKE KICK), 4:16.
    NEVADA 7-0
    NEVADA - TD, MIKE BALL 10 YD RUN
    (SCOTT DRAKE KICK), 10:19.
    NEVADA 14-0
    2ND QUARTER: UNLV - TD, CHANNING TROTTER 2 YD
    RUN

    Oct 3 6:04 PM
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    UNLV 21, Nevada 21  HalfOct 3 6:04 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD UNLV
    CHANNING TROTTER 1 YD RUN
    (KYLE WATSON KICK)
    UNLV 21
    NEVADA 21 0:15 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    UNLV 21, Nevada 21  2nd - 0:15Oct 3 5:44 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD UNLV
    JERRIMAN ROBINSON 39 YD PASS FROM MIKE CLAUSEN
    (KYLE WATSON KICK)
    UNLV 14
    NEVADA 21 7:27 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    UNLV 14, Nevada 21  2nd - 7:27Oct 3 5:24 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NEVADA
    MIKE BALL 1 YD RUN
    (RICKY DRAKE KICK)
    UNLV 7
    NEVADA 21 10:25 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    UNLV 7, Nevada 21  2nd - 10:25Oct 3 5:04 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD UNLV
    CHANNING TROTTER 2 YD RUN
    (KYLE WATSON KICK)
    UNLV 7
    NEVADA 14 14:28 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    UNLV 7, Nevada 14  2nd - 14:28Oct 3 4:59 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    UNLV 0 0
    NEVADA 14 14 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NEVADA - TD, LUKE LIPPINCOTT 12 YD
    RUN (SCOTT DRAKE KICK), 4:16.
    NEVADA 7-0
    NEVADA - TD, MIKE BALL 10 YD RUN
    (SCOTT DRAKE KICK), 10:19.
    NEVADA 14-0

    Oct 3 4:49 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NEVADA
    MIKE BALL 10 YD RUN
    (RICKY DRAKE KICK)
    UNLV 0
    NEVADA 14 4:41 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    UNLV 0, Nevada 14  1st - 4:41Oct 3 4:33 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NEVADA
    LUKE LIPPINCOTT 12 YD RUN
    (RICKY DRAKE KICK)
    UNLV 0
    NEVADA 7 10:44 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    UNLV 0, Nevada 7  1st - 10:44Oct 3 4:28 PM